Zurich State Archives

Zurich State Archives

Zurich State Archives is the Archive of the Canton of Zurich and its legal predecessors.  It files, develops and preserves documents from the more than 1000 years of Zurich’s history.  Most of the documents stored in the Zurich State Archives are unique examples and the majority of them are handwritten.  In 2009, the division for Editing Projects was established and since then, several pioneering projects in online publishing of historical source material have been launched, combining transcriptions and manuscript images.  Public access to metadata, full-text transcriptions and pictures of original documents is ensured by the archive’s Online Catalogue and also by the meta search engine Archives Online, established in 2010 by the State Archives of Zurich and four other archives.

Key responsibilities in READ: Large scale demonstrator of evaluation and bootstrapping.  The Transliteration and Digitisation of the handwritten Parliament and Government Council of the Canton of Zurich Protocols 1803–1887/1897 project started in 2009.  It is in an advanced stage with 150,000 pages of text in German ‘Kurrent’ handwriting’ now transcribed.  The READ project will develop tools to process large quantities of these existing transcripts, which were not originally intended to be used for training Handwritten Text Recognition(HTR) models.